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Subject: a few nuggs
Yeah, it was disgustingly hot and muggy, as New England gets in July, and grossly crowded and backed up and riddle w/ cops, but there are a few gems in the Dylan set nonetheless, namely Watchtower, I'll B your baby, Joey and Ballad, IMHO. The Boys weren't really designed for stadium shows anywho....Jerry and Brent both rip on Watchtower though!!
Big Brent -
Subject: My Day 1987 07 04
I was at this show and I concur with some of the comments. For instance it was by far the worst traffic situation I have ever experienced, I’m too young to have been at Woodstock, but I have been to many concerts. Also worst 90 + degree wait in line to get in imaginable, the upside, they didn’t rip my friends ticket on entry, so he handed it through the fence to a miracle praying dead fan, made this guy’s day. Don’t blame this one guy for leaving early to avoid the traffic out, we were more fortunate to have a trunk full of fireworks to enjoy for hours after the show allowing the crowed to dissipate. I’d do it all again in a heartbeat just to see that performance of “All Along the Watchtower” Jerry’s solo provides a lifelong memory, not to mention a very rare Jerry on a lap steel guitar.
Subject: Only show I left early from
This was the only show out of 200+ that I left early from. It took hours to get into the parking lot so I waited outside and listened to the last 2-3 tunes from my car so it wouldn't take another 3 hours to leave the parking lot.
Plus Dylan was his usual self. I know all of his songs and words by heart and good barely tell what verse he was singing at any one time!
90 degree temps, humidity, gate crashing, drunk idiots, terrible cops, sell out song list, and ONE SET ONLY. Considered one of the worst Dead shows of all time. Glad you two below had fun but consensus considers it a total dud. Any other show in the year is better. The Pittsburg show a few days later is fantastic for example.
Subject: my 3rd show that year
Two days before I was in Rochester for a great show (ate two tix-gave 'em way, figured Karma was gonna be great on the rebound) and as my college buddy and I drove back on the Mass Pike , we passed all KINDS of Deadhead vehicles on the way east to this show. Outside the stadium, a guy yells, "tix-$100" and i thought,"where were you 2 days ago!"
The venue (home of the Patriots!) was HOT! I remember at one point being squished between two (lets be honest)overweight gentlemen-really. It was CROWDED...I was about 30 yards away from the stage and the sound was great..and although the press afterwards talked about the
"risk" of playing the first batch of songs all off the "new" album, we in the crowd were diggin it-check the tempos of these songs (especially "Bucket"), the honest to goodness good vibes coming off the audience("Tons of Steel"! RIP Brent)...Jerry was really on it (LISTEN!) and I remember when ever he made ANY movement people were cheering, that's how glad everyone was glad to have him amongst the living.
As to this recording: it's an audience, sure, but juice it up to yer liking in the VBR eq section and WOW effects, and it sounds great...
I always wondered what the recording sounded like from the guy in front of me that had two small mics taped to his giant uncle sam hat, as he bopped around like crazy...I'll discuss the Dylan set on another post..the highlights? Jer on pedal steel, and the Knockin at the end with EVERYBODY waiving their hands in the air...Hard to believe this was over 20 years ago!!!
Great memories... Got in. Don't know how. But thanks to the clowns, it was a circus. Dylan was awesome as well.